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So I was out registering for my baby shower and I can't tell you how frusterated I was.
I was looking for products listed as BPA free then couldn't help but wonder if they were using much worse as a substitute. But that wasn't the worst of it. I do plan to breast feed exclusively and the bottles were a just in case.
I probably made a huge mistake when I read reviews of products on amazon.com because it has given me serious toxin phobia.
What products should I make sure that are BPA free, PVC free and any other thing free? Obviously anything meant to go inside the mouth, but what about high chairs? Baby baths? car seats? Or should I stop worrying about those. Any good recomendations?
Also I was looking into baby cleaning products. Does anyone have any experience with baby ganics and how good and safe they are? I do worry about the green washing of products. I've tried to make my own but that ended up being a disastor.
Registered for cloth diapers and a pack of disposable just in case. They didn't have the biodegradable kind in the store so I figured if I didn't get any from baby showers I'd just pick some up myself.
I guess I don't really know how to be eco friendly with a baby yet and I'm a little over whelmed.
I'm six months right now and it recently hit me that I'm going to be a mom. Well I knew it before but the reality and responsibility of everything really hit me. I think all of this is coming from anxiety from that.
I would say any products that you plan to heat up, I would make sure they were BPA Free. I'm in the process of looking into more glass products and I noticed glass baby bottles are coming back into style, and I think that is great! Of course they take a little extra care, but I think it's the safest thing out there as far as leeching toxins.
I've never thought about highchairs, baby baths, and car seats. I would just focus more on safety in product usage than the type of plastics. But that is just me.
As far as cleaning products, have you looked into Dr. Bronners for surfaces and dishes and such? As far as clothing detergent, I don't have much advice to give with that because I make my own (in powdered form).
Take your time with becoming eco friendly baby-wise, it's hard enough getting ready for baby to come, so just ease into it as you find more out about it as time goes by.
Sounds like you just hit your nesting period of pregnancy, it hits everyone at different times, I know it was a shock to me when I finally realized I was going to be a mom 3/4s of the way through my first pregnancy. It's like hitting a brick wall and it scares you. lol I think we all go through it. You don't sound crazy at all. I wish I had better advice for you, I'm sure someone else with more experience will come by and have better answers for you. I started becoming greener after my kids were all out of diapers, so I'm not the best person to give advice on that aspect.
I found finding products used (like baby gear) and finding products that will have a long life helped me be "green." I looked into safety, reviews, and thought about how long would an item be used. I made mostly great choices and everything is going to be used for the next kid.
My favorite all purpose cleaner other than vinegar is CJs all purpose. That stuff is fantastic and we even use it to get stains off the couch and carpet.
Definitely relax! As long as this baby has the basic necessitates, you don't really need much in the beginning. A place for the baby to sleep, clothes, and diapers. You've already got the boobs!
Thanks everyone! Sorry it took me a while to respond. I will be looking into getting glass bottles and switching them out for the plastic ones that I registered for. I feel a little bad though because I plan to exclusively breast feed for at least the first six months and will have the bottles just incase they are needed.